Downloads of v 1.8:


Last Update:

30 Apr 2018

Package Maintainer(s):

Software Author(s):

  • Aelius Saionji


tidystart clean start-menu admin

TidyStart (PowerShell)

1.8 | Updated: 30 Apr 2018



Downloads of v 1.8:



Software Author(s):

  • Aelius Saionji

TidyStart (PowerShell) 1.8

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To install TidyStart (PowerShell), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To upgrade TidyStart (PowerShell), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


To uninstall TidyStart (PowerShell), run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:


NOTE: This applies to both open source and commercial editions of Chocolatey.

1. Ensure you are set for organizational deployment

Please see the organizational deployment guide

  • Open Source or Commercial:
    • Proxy Repository - Create a proxy nuget repository on Nexus, Artifactory Pro, or a proxy Chocolatey repository on ProGet. Point your upstream to Packages cache on first access automatically. Make sure your choco clients are using your proxy repository as a source and NOT the default community repository. See source command for more information.
    • You can also just download the package and push it to a repository Download

3. Enter your internal repository url

(this should look similar to

4. Choose your deployment method:

choco upgrade tidystart.powershell -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'" [other options]

See options you can pass to upgrade.

See best practices for scripting.

Add this to a PowerShell script or use a Batch script with tools and in places where you are calling directly to Chocolatey. If you are integrating, keep in mind enhanced exit codes.

If you do use a PowerShell script, use the following to ensure bad exit codes are shown as failures:

choco upgrade tidystart.powershell -y --source="'STEP 3 URL'"

Write-Verbose "Exit code was $exitCode"
$validExitCodes = @(0, 1605, 1614, 1641, 3010)
if ($validExitCodes -contains $exitCode) {
  Exit 0

Exit $exitCode

- name: Ensure tidystart.powershell installed
    name: tidystart.powershell
    state: present
    version: 1.8
    source: STEP 3 URL

See docs at

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chocolatey_package 'tidystart.powershell' do
  action    :install
  version  '1.8'
  source   'STEP 3 URL'

See docs at

    Name: tidystart.powershell,
    Version: 1.8,
    Source: STEP 3 URL

Requires Otter Chocolatey Extension. See docs at

cChocoPackageInstaller tidystart.powershell
   Name     = 'tidystart.powershell'
   Ensure   = 'Present'
   Version  = '1.8'
   Source   = 'STEP 3 URL'

Requires cChoco DSC Resource. See docs at

package { 'tidystart.powershell':
  provider => 'chocolatey',
  ensure   => '1.8',
  source   => 'STEP 3 URL',

Requires Puppet Chocolatey Provider module. See docs at

salt '*' chocolatey.install tidystart.powershell version="1.8" source="STEP 3 URL"

See docs at

5. If applicable - Chocolatey configuration/installation

See infrastructure management matrix for Chocolatey configuration elements and examples.

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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 12 Jul 2020.


Any *.url shortcut, and any shortcut to an uninstaller will be removed from the start menu. You can uninstall programs from the control panel (or with chocolatey!), there is no reason for such shortcuts to take up space in your launcher. Nothing is deleted- removed shortcuts are mirrored (complete with directory structure) to C:\tools\TidyStart\StartMenuBak. To reverse the actions of the script, you may simply copy any shortcuts back to your start menu.

This script will also search for the presence of the 'root' account. For those using proper User accounts, an unused Admin account must be created: I have named mine 'root' in the linux fashion. Many installers fail to implement UAC correctly and deposit start menu shortcuts into the administrative account where it is inaccessible to User accounts. This script moves all shortcuts from the 'root' account to the start menu folder accessible to all users. If you do not correctly configure your User accounts you may safely ignore this aspect of the script.

$packageName = 'TidyStart.powershell'
$psFile = Join-Path $(Split-Path -parent $MyInvocation.MyCommand.Definition) 'TidyStart.ps1'
$url = ''

Install-ChocolateyPowershellCommand $packageName $psFile $url
# Chocolatey doesn't clean up after the powershell install function
Remove-Item -Path "$ENV:ChocolateyInstall\bin\TidyStart.bat" -ErrorAction SilentlyContinue

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Version Downloads Last Updated Status
TidyStart (PowerShell) 1.5 736 Sunday, January 10, 2016 Approved
TidyStart (PowerShell) 1.0 284 Sunday, September 27, 2015 Approved


  • Initial release


  • camelCase, variable $adminName, user printout
  • Revo Uninstaller exception
  • Steam folder exception
  • Backups now go to C:\tools\TidyStart, following the Chocolatey convention


  • Increased readability + decreased line length
  • Condense admin actions under one UAC prompt
  • Don't make changes until end of script
  • Make output text pretty

This package has no dependencies.

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